Re: Germs, Germs, Germs ... for New Beginnings!
Something I never thought I'd hear myself say: "We DO NOT lick the shopping cart! Ick, ick, ick!" We also do not eat caterpillars, touch cat poop, taste the dirty dish sponge, stick our fingers up mommy's nose, or pick dead worms up off the sidewalk using our fingers (we have a spatula for that, if you absolutely insist that you must "rescue" the worms).
There's no way to stop your child from interacting with the big, germy world, and you really don't want to keep your kid in a sterile bubble because some exposure to dirt and pathogens is necessary to the development of a healthy immune system. So try to let go of the fear a little! The germs you should worry about aren't usually the ones you get from nature. Eating caterpillars or touching dead worms is gross, but it's what my mom called "clean dirt". The worrisome germs are the ones you get from contact with other people or things other people have touched. So instead of trying to stop your kid from touching and exploring, focus on teaching your LO good habits like hand washing after the potty or after coming home from a public place. Teach him to sing "Twinkle Twinkle" while he washes, since you want him to spend at least 15 seconds with his hands in soapy water, and be a good role model by practicing good hand-washing technique yourself. Keep some alcohol wipes in your diaper bag, so that you can clean his hands when running water is not available. And of course, if you're breastfeeding, keep on breastfeeding!
Last edited by @llli*mommal; May 30th, 2012 at 09:07 AM.
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